The Star Wars universe is busier than ever, and it looks like it will stay that way.
Disney CEO Bob Iger gave fans some insight into the franchise's future during a talk in Santa Monica Thursday, as THR reports. Naturally, there was a lot he had to cover -- from the sad subject of Carrie Fisher's death to the much more pleasant topic of the film universe's future.
"We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016," he said. "Carrie appears throughout 'VIII.' We are not changing 'VIII' to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is in 'VIII.'"
He acknowledged that some digital character was used in "Rogue One," but he made it clear that Fisher won't be brought back that way.
"We are not doing that with Carrie," he said.
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Unfortunately, Iger didn't satisfy our curiosity regarding how they'll deal with her loss. Yet while he apparently isn't ready to publicize that yet, he did share that Disney is going beyond the three films the studio originally planned on making when it bought Lucasfilm.
"We're starting talk about what could happen after 'Episode IX.' About what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories," he said.
Oh, yes, you read that right -- another decade-and-a-half. Between all of these new sequels and spinoff projects, it's hard to say who is more excited about the franchise at this point: the studio or Star Wars' die-hard fans.
Iger also discussed one specific spinoff. Bringing the topic around to the young Han Solo movie, he revealed a rare piece of information about the story. It turns out the film will follow the beloved smuggler from ages 18 to 24 as he (played by Alden Ehrenreich) and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) travel around on the Millennium Falcon.
What a time to be a Star Wars fan.
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